Movie Review: THE WITCHES

Rating: PG Stars: Jahzir Bruno, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth (voice), Codie-Lei Eastick, Chris Rock (voice) Writers: Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by Roald Dahl Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 22, 2020 THE WITCHES, now on HBO Max, is what is sometimes known as a “family film.” This is not in the literal sense, as in actually being suitable for family members of all ages. Rather, it’s made for children, with parents, older siblings and other folks seeing the possibilities and wishing it was better. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOVE AND MONSTERS

LOVE AND MONSTERS movie poster | ©2020 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Ariana Greenblatt Writers: Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson, story by Brian Duffield Director: Michael Matthews Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: October 16, 2020  LOVE AND MONSTERS has a slightly misleading title. In the filmmakers’ defense, it’s easy to see where they felt that something a little more on target, like GOOD-HEARTEDNESS AND MONSTERS, wasn’t quite as catchy. They are absolutely not kidding about the MONSTERS part of the title. As our main character/narrator Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) informs us, we’re seven years into a post-apocalypse, when Earth was threatened […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T LOOK BACK

DON'T LOOK BACK movie poster | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kourtney Bell, Skyler Hart, Will Stout, Jaqueline Fleming, Damon Lipari, Amanda Grace Benitez, Han Soto, Stephen Twardokus, Dean J. West, Bryan Batt, Jeremy Holm, Rainn Wilson, Orlando Eric Street Writer: Jeffrey Reddick Director: Jeffrey Reddick Distributor: Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight Release Date: October 16, 2020 DON’T LOOK BACK shares a pedigree with FINAL DESTINATION. Both films were written by Jeffrey Reddick, who makes his feature directing debut here. Moreover, both are horror films that center around the concept of a group of people who share a traumatic experience, and are later haunted by it. The film begins […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW movie poster | ©2020 Orion Classics

Rating: R Stars: Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome, Chloe East, Robert Forster, Jimmy Tatro, Anna Sward Writer: Jim Cummings Director: Jim Cummings Distributor: Orion Classics Release Date: October 9, 2020 THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW is not, as the title might suggest, a Christmas animal movie or a story about a voracious financial titan in a small community. Instead, directed and written by Jim Cummings, the film lands somewhere between horror, quirky, and occasionally sincere. To say that it feels like an attempt to do a Coen Brothers version of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS overstates things a bit, but that’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ETERNAL BEAUTY

ETERNAL BEAUTY Movie Poster | ©2020 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Robert Pugh, Morfydd Clark, Paul Hilton, Boyd Clack, Elysia Welch, Penelope Wilton, David Thewlis, Spencer Deere Writer: Craig Roberts Director: Craig Roberts Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 ETERNAL BEAUTY is actually a good movie, but one that’s hard to recommend. Director/writer Craig Roberts has made a slightly impressionistic film about mental illness and toxic family relationships. It’s not that we don’t believe what we see, it’s that it is depressing without being illuminating. Sally Hawkins plays Jane, who is being treated with both talk therapy and medication […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TEENAGE BADASS

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mcabe Gregg, Evan Ultra, Madelyn Deutch, Dillon Lane, Elsie Hewitt, Tucker Audie, Brandon “crsh.” White, Karsen Liotta, Julie Ann Emery, Kevin Corrigan Writers: Grant McCord & Matthew D. Dho Director: Grant McCord Distributor: Freestyle Digital Media Release Date: September 18, 2020 TEENAGE BADASS is an odd title for what is essentially an amiable indie rock story. We’re in Phoenix, AZ. The year is 2006, presumably to explain why inexpensive home recording equipment isn’t a thing yet. Our hero is Brad Jaffe (Mcabe Gregg), a seventeen-year-old whose two passions are playing drums and smoking weed. He lives […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MULAN

MULAN movie poster | ©2020 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin; animated screenplay by Rita Hsaio, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, story by Robert D. San Souci, based on the legend of Mulan Director: Niki Caro Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (on Disney+): September 4, 2020 MULAN tells the story of a young woman in ancient China who disguises herself as a young man. It was previously adapted for the screen as an animated […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OWNERS

THE OWNERS movie poster |©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Andrew Ellis, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny Writers: Mathieu Gompel & Julius Berg, with the participation of Geoff Cox, based on the comic book UNE NIGHT DE PLEINE LUNE by Yves H. and Hermann Director: Julius Berg Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: September 4, 2020 THE OWNERS is one of those horror thrillers where much of the suspense comes from figuring out exactly what is going on here. We start out amid rolling green hills in England, with nary a soul in sight. Then we focus on a beaten-up car, parked […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WIDOW’S POINT

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Craig Sheffer, KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo, Kaelin Lamberson, John Renna, Richard Satterwhite, Michael Thurber, Willow Xylia Anwar Writer: Gregory Lamberson, based on the book by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar Director: Gregory Lamberson Distributor: 101 Films Release Date: September 1, 2020 WIDOW’S POINT is a ghost story set in the present, though it takes frequent trips to the past. It also takes place almost entirely in a lighthouse. This may draw a couple of comparisons to that other movie with a similar setting. To answer one question right away, no, WIDOW’S POINT is in no […]Read On »

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Movie Review: Z

Z Blu-ray | ©2020 RLJE Films/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Keegan Connor Tracy, Jeff Klyne, Sean Rogerson, Sara Canning, Stephen McHattie, Luke Moore, Deborah Ferguson Writers: Brandon Christensen & Colin Minihan Director: Brandon Christensen Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date (VOD, DVD, Blu-ray): September 1, 2020 Z is a genuinely scary “imaginary friend” film. Director Brandon Christensen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Colin Minihan, creates an atmosphere that packs a wallop. What the story may lack in certain explanations, it makes up for with fear. Beth (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Kevin (Sean Rogerson) are a happily married upscale couple. They mutually adore their eight-year-old son Josh (Jeff […]Read On »

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